Water not expected to affect deer season, wildlife bosses say

Published 12:32 pm Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Deer hunting season in Mississippi is still on despite migration of deer during the historic Mississippi River flood.

Water has displaced deer in the South Delta and the mainline Mississippi River levee system.

However, history shows deer will escape to higher ground and follow receding water back to their home range, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks said Tuesday.

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“We have been evaluating the situation along the Mississippi River and throughout the south Delta. Once the water recedes, we will be making site visits to properties along the River in order to determine the impacts of flooding on deer abundance,” says Lann Wilf, a deer program biologist with the agency, in a release.

“However, we expect minimal long-term impacts to deer abundance because floodwaters rose slowly,” Wilf said, “which gave deer time to seek higher ground.”

MDWFP does have the authority to close hunting seasons during emergencies, but it has not been recommended nor is it being considered by the agency, the release said.

Several seasons are scheduled in the fall for various types of deer hunting in MDWFP zones 1 and 3, which include land inside Warren County.

For more information on deer huntin season, log on to the MDWFP’s website at http://home.mdwfp.com/.